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Barge (noun) A roomy usually flat-bottomed boat used chiefly for the transport of goods on inland waterways and usually propelled by towing

Bleak (adjective) Not hopeful or encouraging: depressing

Drought (noun) A period of dryness especially when prolonged that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth

Geyser (noun) A spring that throws forth intermittent jets of heated water and steam

Practical (adjective) Capable of being put to use

Rainmaker (noun) A person who produces or attempts to produce rain by artificial means

Reservoir (noun) A man-made lake behind a dam

Shelter Belt (noun) A barrier of trees and shrubs that protects (as crops) from wind and storm and lessens erosion

Turbine (noun) A rotary engine actuated by the reaction or impulse or both of a current of fluid (as water, steam, or air) subject to pressure and usually made with a series of curved vanes on a central rotating spindle

Wade (verb) To step in or through a medium (as water) offering more resistance than air
 

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